Why did Americans start writing cookbooks on graves? In France, another surprising idea for cemeteries: QR codes

The “Happy burial” from Săpânta risk having great competition. In the United States, a strange “fashion” appeared: recipes began to be engraved on the tombstone of the deceased, he writes. The New York Times. At the same time, in France, a young entrepreneur is trying to shake up the industry and put a QR code on the grave.

Losing a loved one is a difficult experience, and burials are part of the way to keep the memory of the deceased alive. Sometimes, the children of the dead find the first way to pay tribute to them. The crime goes so far as to reveal their kitchen secrets on their tombstones. It’s a popular practice in the United States, fittingly The New York Times. Those who are passionate about cooking want to leave on their tombstones many secrets that they did not reveal during their lifetime. This is how you can get food across the ocean just by visiting the cemetery.

In Castor, Louisiana, Charlie McBride wrote on the marble of his mother’s tombstone the recipe she used for peach pie. In Utah’s Logan City Cemetery, the memory of the Andrews family has been stirring for two decades with its recipe for chocolate fudge, a quintessential American pastry, so much so that the streets of the cemetery are now known as cookies.

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In fact, in the United States, this practice has become so common that it is the subject of a book in itself: “Using the Dead to Eat.”

A recipe for “stuffed walnuts” appears on the grave of a Jewish woman born in Romania

But in Israel, there is also something written on a tombstone, in the Rehovot cemetery. It’s a recipe for “stuffed walnuts,” Ida Kleinman’s most popular cookie. Born in Romania and married to a Holocaust survivor, she filled the dough with ground pecans, strawberry jam and shit, said her son, Yossi Kleinman, who is 65. He said that he has seen many times people pass by his mother’s grave and write down what she did.

In France, a young entrepreneur from Rennes is trying a different approach. He launched the “Requiem Code” project, a QR code that can be inserted into a grave to display a video or photo of the deceased in real life. “I understand the obstacles, but the idea is not to panic or put digital technology everywhere. The goal is to bring relief in these difficult times,” said Lilian Delaveau, quoted Ouest France. This method has been used in other countries, in San Salvador, for example, where the idea came to the journalist and historian, Frederick Meza, during the epidemic. Once scanned with a mobile phone, the QR code links to a web page that displays a history and photo of the deceased.

Rosario del Carmen Chacon, 75, holds a sign with a QR code as it is placed on a relative’s grave at the General Cemetery in San Salvador, on October 30, 2021. Photo by Salvadoran photographer and historian Frederick Meza concept of stamps. A QR code on a grave that can be scanned with a mobile phone refers to a web page that shows the history and photos of the deceased. Meza expands the service beyond his family and donates his services from 50 dollars in preparation for the celebration of the Day of the Dead on November 1.,Image: 640750456, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit: Profimedia

Next to the cemetery, the cemeteries grow and try to distinguish themselves: the biggest, the smallest, the best or … the happiest, and Romanian translation. The largest cemetery in France is Pantin, near Paris, which covers 107 hectares and has 200,000 graves. The smallest is in Normandy, near Caumont-l’Eventé. There is only one grave, that of a British general who died in 1944. The oldest in the world is Niort, which is in Deux-Sèvres.

And the actor Luke Perry, one of the protagonists of the series “Beverly Hills 90210”, died in March 2019, and was buried in clothes made of fungi and other microorganisms, according to his wishes . Called “Infinity”, this funeral dress created by the Californian startup Coeio, “helps in the decomposition of the body, helps in the elimination of toxic substances and transports the necessary nutrients for plant life” at the end of the process.

Editor: Luana Pavaluca

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